The global demand for new and robust IT-based applications, together with economic advantages of consolidating physical assets has led to the growth of data centers in terms of both density and size. As companies are facing power and space constraints, combined with mounting complexities of managing data center infrastructure, a new integrated process has evolved – Data Center Infrastructure Management or DCIM.
DCIM is a data center solution that combines IT with infrastructure and empowers an administrator with robust equipment, maximum floor space, and efficient utilization of energy.
Let’s dig a little deeper to gain more insights on DCIM solution and understand how enterprises can capitalize on this solution to optimize their business performance
DCIM tool is a component of BIM (building information modeling) software that aids administrators to identify and locate associations between a building as well as its IT systems. It empowers vendors to collect, analyze, and store information related to a data center’s resources, its usage, and operational status. This data is then integrated, analyzed, distributed, and applied in multiple ways, which in turn, allows service vendors to meet their service and business oriented objectives and improve the performance of data center facility.
It further helps in achieving operational efficiency while controlling the energy costs. According to a study conducted by the Gartner, the market penetration rate of DCIM solution is forecasted to rise from 1% in 2010 to nearly 60% in the year 2014. With its rising popularity, most of the data centers are expected to use this solution as a mainstream tool to fill in their technology gaps by establishing concepts like:
- Change management
- Tracking assets
- Optimizing physical infrastructure of a data centre
- Managing utility operations, such as electricity, cooling, and heating
- Analyzing logical/virtual systems
- Maximizing system utilization
The software has energy monitoring sensors and other supporting hardware, which can be installed alongside all the points of power infrastructure to accurately evaluate power usage effectiveness or PUE and efficiency of the cooling system in real time. Some enterprises follow continuous modeling approach, wherein DCIM solutions are coupled with computational fluid dynamic analysis (CFD) in order to improve air flow & systems placement to trim-down cooling expenses. The approach enables the administrator to monitor and quantify the cause and effect of planned IT infrastructural changes, even before the capital expenditure.
Hence, DCIM offers a unified outlook for managing physical assets across numerous data center facilities. It enables service providers to optimize their capital and energy resources, enables standardization and automation of processes, and extends the lifespan of a data center.